Manikarnika (Bollywood Review)
Indian History is always something where every Film-maker try to find a story which should be liked by the audience. Then how could a Tale of The Queen Of Jhansi, Rani Laxmibai left out? If not today then tomorrow someone would have surely made a film on it, as we all know it is a potential story to make a great Film. Team ‘Manikarnika’ successfully glorifies the one of the Biggest Historic event happened in India.
The first half of the film is mediocre as we see Rani Laxmibai’s caring and simple side. At one point it even feels like this one might turn out to be a huge disappointment but those 5 minutes before the interval, gives hints of good second half. And all these speculations comes true as somehow the second half does the job, it saves ‘Manikarnika’ from that Debacle tag and pushes it to safe zone. And the credit goes to the Actual Story which happened 170 years ago, we always feel that Pride, on screen or even off screen when we imagine or read it somewhere. The sympathy goes to the Legacy of Rani Laxmibai and her Bravery when the opposition calls her “Best Ever Warrior of Indian History”. It was a Script with Potential of turning it into a Best Historic Film of Bollywood, although Manikarnika doesn’t hit that high bar, still there attempt is praiseworthy.
Kangana Ranaut as Manikarnika doesn’t look like the one in the first half, but then in 2nd half you see real anger and that enthusiasm in Kangana. Supporting cast too does a decent job with their limited presence. The direction could have been better. The make-up, costumes, their clothes, jewellers all these art production properties makes Manikarnika a rich film appearance wise. Writer Vijayendra Prasad misses some important Notes from History, yet manages to bring enough hysteria. Dialogues keeps the level of pride high, especially when Rani Laxmibai challenges British officers. Manikarnika’s makers had the pressure of handling big story of Big Name from the history, very big responsibility it was afterall, so whatever they have done should be admired. This one is watchable for some goosebumps moments of pride, war, patriotism and our precious history.
RATING – 3/5*